1) Can you trace the religious heritage of your parents and grandparents?
2) Can you describe the religious tradition in which you were raised? What kinds of practices left a significant impression on you? Can you say that religion informs your current understanding of the purpose of life?
3) Can you say something about how you understand and practice religion today?
4) Are there any abiding religious questions that gnaw at you and you are trying to come to grips with? If so, what is your best guess as to the answer behind these questions?
You may not be able to answer any of the above questions because:
1) You do not know the religious heritage of your parents and grandparents; if so, do some asking. Or, they might not have a religious heritage; if so, provide some idea of how your parents and grandparents make/made sense of their world.
2) You were not raised in a religious tradition. If so, try to articulate what you were taught about the purpose of life, including questions such as Why are we here? What has value or importance in life and why? Where did we come from and what happens to us when we die? Hint: what does your family do to mark significant transitions, like marriage and death?
3) You do not see yourself as religious. If so, then what do you see as the meaning and purpose of life?
4) You have no gnawing religious questions. If so, what is it you are trying to understand now about life that has the possibility of taking you to a deeper understanding of yourself?